I'm a Believer

Alisa Weilerstein
The Strad

There's a view among some classical music buffs that after Jacqueline du Pré no one else need record the Elgar Cello Concerto. It may be rather outdated, but even so, for a young cellist to commit the work to posterity takes some confidence. For them to ask du Pré's former husband and collaborator in the piece, Daniel Barenboim, to conduct takes real nerve. And for him to accept signifies a very special talent. The new recording by Alisa Weilerstein of Elgar and Carter concertos and Bruch's Kol nidrei, just released in the UK with Barenboim conducting the Berlin Staatskapelle is certainly evidence of the necessary wherewithal. With its heartfelt swirling lines and depth-plumbing cello timbres, Weilerstein's performance is compelling and stakes its very own territory in the canon.

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